Board of Elections Commissioners Explain Recent Absentee Ballot Court Ruling Reversal

A series of recent court rulings have yoyoed the 2022 election in New York State. How did this happen and what does it mean to you? Click the link below for this week’s episode of The State of Greater Western New York Report as those closest to the case, including one plaintiff, explain its history and its future.

Guests today include Ralph M. Mohr, Commissioner, Erie County Board of Elections and Lisa P. Nicolay, Commissioner, Monroe County Board of Elections.

In the show’s first half, both Commissioners told us about the role of the Board of Elections, its commissioner, and how they got to where they are. They detailed how anyone from any party could be an “election inspector” or “poll watcher.” Finally, they finished the segment with a story about what surprised them the most when they started their jobs.

The second half of the show went a few minutes longer given the audience interest in the hot topic of what happened with the recent court rulings. Mohr, a plaintiff in the case, went through a point-by-point chronology of what happened and why it happened. Nicolay then explained why, from a practical standpoint, “the genie is already out of the bottle” which makes it difficult to go back to the original court decision. Both agreed the court ruled on the pragmatics, not on the merits of the case.

Our guests happily answered questions from the live audience. In fact, these are probably some of the same questions you had. Would you like to be a live audience member so you can ask our guests questions? Click here to join the growing number of members who share your feelings on because then we can automatically send you the link to watch our shows live.

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